Notable Cases

The attorneys of Sivyer Barlow & Watson have successfully handled a wide variety of disputed matters, including the notable results described below.
  • obtained $49.7 million judgment after jury verdict on behalf of individual entrepreneur in trade secret case
  • obtained $3.75 million mid-trial settlement in complex securities registration case
  • obtained dismissal with prejudice (upheld on appeal) of several multi-million dollar class action claims against public company
  • obtained dismissal with prejudice of several multi-million dollar claims brought by Florida Attorney General against public company
  • defended public company against trademark infringement claims in excess of $100 million
  • obtained judgment in bench trial in favor of grantor in trust action to impose constructive trust over $2.4 million in funds
  • obtained defense judgment in bench trial in favor of international franchise system in defense of wrongful termination claims
  • obtained $1.7 million judgment on behalf of international franchise system against former franchisee
  • obtained compensatory damages, judgment and injunctive relief in favor of national franchise system after arbitration and injunction litigation involving former franchisee's operation of a competing business
  • obtained $5.0 million pre-suit settlement on behalf of widow in wrongful death matter
  • obtained emergency order within 48 hours on behalf of international franchise system which compelled reopening of all restaurants in the Detroit market (40 total) by a receiver after franchisee closed restaurants without notice and filed bankruptcy
  • obtained arbitration award of compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys' fees on behalf of owner against general contractor
  • defended Florida Department of Environmental Protection against environmental remediation company which asserted claims in excess of $100 million
  • represented undersecured lender through contested Chapter 11 reorganization, including cash collateral and confirmation litigation that resulted in allowance and payment of full claim
  • obtained jury verdict for fraud on behalf of restaurant owner against condominium association
  • obtained judgment for subcontractor, including delay damages, against general contractor and defeated counterclaims arising out of public school project
  • obtained $500,000 settlement (policy limits) for client suffering equestrian-related injury
  • obtained jury verdict for compensatory damages and attorneys' fees on behalf of hotel owner against general contractor
  • obtained judgment in bench trial for damages on behalf of general contractor and defeated subcontractor's claims for delay damages in Key West condominium dispute
  • obtained jury verdict for compensatory damages in favor of a former partner in a partnership dispute
  • obtained jury verdict for restaurant against landlord for fraud
  • obtained numerous temporary restraining orders and other preliminary injunctive relief on behalf of plaintiffs in state and federal court involving claims of trade secret theft and violation of post
  • defended numerous claims for temporary restraining orders and other preliminary injunctive relief in state and federal court involving claims of trade secret theft and violation of post-employment restrictive covenants
  • obtained $800,000 settlement in securities fraud case

  • Below is a list of some of the reported decisions handled in whole or in part by the firm's lawyers. We have also handled numerous unreported appeals.

  • Betts v. Ace Cash Express, Inc., 827 So.2d 294 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002)
  • Betts v. Ace Cash Express, Inc., 863 So.2d 1252 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)
  • Cleeveley v. Florida City Magazines, Inc., 486 So.2d 81 (Fla. 2d DCA 1986)
  • Cone v. Culverhouse, 687 So.2d 888 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997)
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. v. Cozart, 561 So.2d 368 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990)
  • DDFA of South Florida, Inc. v. Dunkin' Donuts, Inc., 2002 WL 1187207 (May 22, 2002)
  • Florida Min. and Materials Corp. v. Continental Cas. Co., 556 So.2d 518 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990)
  • Florida Min. & Materials Corp. v. Standard Gypsum Corp., 550 So.2d 47 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. v. Hook, 777 So.2d 1047 (Fla. 2d DCA 2001)
  • Johns v. Ponto, 684 So.2d 830 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996)
  • Richland Towers, Inc. v. Denton, 139 So.3d 318 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)
  • Schwartz v. Greico, 2005 WL 991642 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)
  • Stone's Throw Condominium Association, Inc. v. Sand Cove Apartments, Inc., 749 So. 2d. 520 (Fla. 2d. DCA 1999)
  • Szucs v. Qualico Development, Inc., 893 So.2d 708 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)